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Cavaliers vs. Pacers: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

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The defending champs are in the ‘House! How will the Pacers respond?

Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

LeBron James is in town and as usual, bringing a strong supporting cast with him as the Cavs play the first two games at the Fieldhouse this season on Wednesday night.

Cleveland is grinding through a difficult week that saw them beat Charlotte on Sunday and Toronto on Tuesday in tightly contested games. Those wins over two of the top four teams in the East confirmed the Cavs claim as the top dog in the East. J.R. Smith (ankle) has been unavailable of late and remains questionable for Cleveland.

As for the Pacers, Rodney Stuckey (hammy) remains out although close to returning. Paul George should be in better shape after playing through a balky ankle on Monday. The Pacers have been sputtering through the season so far but will need to be firing on all cylinders to compete with the Cavs and show what type of team they are capable of being this season.

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Cavaliers vs. Pacers - 7:00 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Odds: Bovada Cavs are a -5 point favorite.

TV: FOX Sports Indiana

Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan

Projected Starting Lineups

Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Monta Ellis (SG), Paul George (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving (PG), Richard Jefferson (SG), LeBron James (SF), Kevin Love (PF), Tristan Thompson (C)